Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Manager Robby Mook suggested that Donald Trump may be a “puppet” for Russia.
In an interview on Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Mook told host George Stephanopoulos that the Republican presidential nominee and his campaign’s ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime suggested the real-estate mogul could be appeasing Russian state interests.
“We need Donald Trump to explain to us the extent to which the hand of the Kremlin is at the core of his campaign,” Mook said.
“There are real questions being raised about whether Donald Trump himself is just a puppet for the Kremlin in this race.”
Mook asserted that Trump’s actions indicated a cosy relationship with Russia, noting Trump’s favourable comments about Putin and the campaign’s successful push to soften language in the Republican party platform that would have madated providing weapons to Ukraine. Clinton’s campaign manager also noted several Trump advisers’ ties to Russian organisations, including retired Admiral Michael Flynn’s relationship with Russia Today, a state-sponsored Russian news network.
“There are a lot of questions here and we need Donald Trump to disclose all of his financial ties and whether his advisors are having meetings with the Kremlin,” Mook said.
Over the past several days, the Trump campaign has worked to play down potential links between the real-estate magnate and Russia.
Last week, former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort resigned amid growing revelations about his deep financial ties to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who was backed by Putin.
Watch the clip below, via “This Week”:
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